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Public Information Meeting- 828 MLK Property

Brownfields Application for 828 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd (current Police Station property)

Project Description: The Town is exploring the option of submitting a Brownfields Property Application to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality as a path to site remediation, reuse and long-term management and monitoring of the property. Updated information will be provided since the June public meetings.

Property Location: 828 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Property ID: Orange County PIN 9789-41-3949

The Public Information Meeting is an informal opportunity to share a project with community members and for community members to share feedback with Town staff. 

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The Chapel Hill police station property, located at 828 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., was the site of a coal ash landfill that was active in the 1960s and 1970s. The Town acquired the property in the early 1980s. In 2013, the Town staff discovered coal ash and notified what is now the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). A remedial investigation was conducted in two phases in accordance with DEQ guidance. Results of surface water and sediment sampling indicate that there is no significant impact to Bolin Creek from the coal combustion products (CCPs); however, the contamination will impact future site uses. As plans move forward with the Municipal Services Center complex, police operations would relocate to the new property, leaving the current site vacant.

Project Managers: John Richardson, Community Resilience Officer and Vence Harris, Emergency Management Coordinator


Notice is being provided that this meeting would also constitute a meeting of the Town Council under the open meetings law if five or more Council members attend. Any recommendations will be considered at a regular Council meeting for official action by the Council.

Similarly, a majority of the members from the five advisory boards that review development projects may be in attendance. These boards include:

  • Planning Commission
  • Community Design Commission
  • Environmental Stewardship Advisory Board
  • Housing Advisory Board
  • Transportation and Connectivity Advisory Board
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